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Warriors drive spike in Hawthorne’s reign

For the past four years, the Whittell High School volleyball team has lived in the shadows of the Mineral County Serpents.

But the Serpents’ domination of the Warriors ended Saturday as the Whittell sent a message to the rest of the Nevada 2A with a 15-3, 15-5 and 15-9 laugher in Zephyr Cove.

“It was a pretty dominant performance. It was Whittell High School saying, ‘We are here,’ ” said Whittell coach Dan McLaughlin. “They can’t do anything when we pass like that.”

The Warriors, 3-0 in division play and 17-4 overall, also did some nice serving to vanquish the four-time defending zone champs in three games. Erin Silver served 10 straight points to open the match and Joeleene Brinkley added 11 service points before the match concluded.

“It just set the tone. We were off and running,” McLaughlin said.

The list of WHS contributors included: Shannon McGlothlin, 10 kills and three points; Ashley Berns, four kills and nine points; Jessika Purdy, four kills; Silver, three kills, 12 points and five aces; Stephanie Evans, three kills, five points and two aces; Shelley Zaskoda, two kills; Kim McGlothlin, six kills; Carlye Johnson, 32 assists, one kill, five points and one ace; Brinkley, one kill, 11 points and two aces; and Liz Rico, two kills.

Whittell tuned up for Saturday’s key division match by beating Fernley for the second time Friday, 10-15, 15-0, 15-12 and 15-5.

The Warriors dropped the first game, but found their hitting swings from then on.

“We were just unfocused,” McLaughlin said. “It was homecoming week and a lot of things were going through the kids’ minds, but the kids decided to turn it around and from then on it was no contest.”

Shannon McGlothlin overwhelmed the Vaqueros with 13 kills, 18 points, four aces and two blocks. She had plenty of support as Purdy contributed 12 kills and five points; Berns, seven kills, two points and four blocks; Johnson, two kills, 12 points, two aces, one block and 42 assists; Brinkley, 12 points and four aces; Silver, three kills and four points; Evans, two kills, four points and one ace; Kim McGlothlin, two kills and three blocks; and Rico, three kills.

Whittell travels to Virginia City today and Tonopah on Saturday.

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